Instead of posting an ad on craigslist and spending a large amount of time devoted to separating the serious responses from the scammers that cannot come pick up the item for sale because they live overseas, but they want to pay full price via Paypal, without asking any questions regarding the product for sale, I have decided to go a different route by posting something for trade or sale on my blog.
What I want versus what I have.
My latest wants in the world of photography are pulling me in two directions. A new Chinese optics company called Venus, soon to be known as Laowa (actually, their real name is Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited) has just introduced an ultra-macro lens to the lens market. This 60mm lens is designed to be the only thing you ever need to shoot macro photography. No more extension tubes, teleconverters or reverse mounting your prime lens to get a closer shot, the 60mm offers 2x the magnification.
Macro photography is the art of shooting things with extreme detail at close range. The price tag on the Venus 60mm f/2.8 manual focus lens has is $379.00 for the lens and Nikon mount.
I have a strong macro lens, which was an amazing gift from some friends, so the 60mm is currently second on my want list. My number one want leads me away from lenses and focuses more on filters.
I have been researching significantly stronger filter arrangements than the one I currently own and realize they are out of my price range. At the moment, I use Tiffen brand screw-on filters and they have done well for me over the years. They have a few drawbacks, but are convenient and cost efficient for my photographical needs.
The filter systems I am interested in run from $200-$400 for a starting kit. The real cost is in the filters themselves, as they are 4×4 or 4×6 inch pieces of glass.
There are many different types of filters, all with their unique purposes designed specifically to perform in a particular situation. From polarized filters and ultra violet filters to neutral density filters and special effects filters, they all serve their distinct purpose very well.
For sale or trade:
- NEW: $715
- USED: $550
Up first is the most unique of the three lenses I have for sale or trade. The Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye lens. A fisheye lens is an ultra-wide angle lens that, in this case, can cover 180 degrees of the field of vision. The 2.8 aperture size allows plenty of light in to shoot stars or low-light situations. The fisheye takes a bit to get used to, but it is a fun lens to mess around with.
Please take note: This lens was specifically built for Nikon’s DX format cameras (a full frame Nikon will not allow autofocusing).
The lens cover and rear cover are included, as well as a suede drawstring black bag (standard Nikon issue with every lens).
- NEW: $590
- USED: $350
The next lens I have for sale or trade is a lightweight telephoto zoom lens. The Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. This lens is great for shooting fast moving objects in good light (sports, wildlife…sporty wildlife) and gives you the freedom to zoom in or out to find that perfect composition. This lens also has Nikon’s vibration reduction (VR II) to help you take clear, crisp handheld photos.
The lens hood, lens cap and rear cover are included, as well as a suede drawstring black bag (standard Nikon issue with every lens).
- NEW: $120
- USED: $75
The last lens for sale or trade is a 50mm f/1.8 Nikon lens. The 50mm is a beautifully simple prime lens that I found to be perfect for carrying around when you travel to busy places and do not want to attract unwanted attention with your camera gear. About a two inch profile is all you get from this small, but effective lens. The 1.8 aperture size is great for unique depth of field shots and creating serious bokeh.
The lens cap and rear cover are included, as well as a suede drawstring black bag (standard Nikon issue with every lens).
All of this equipment is used, but still in pristine condition. I have the original Nikkor box for the 70-300mm as well.
Please email me at: email@example.com to talk price, ask questions or provide trade options. Share this post with any Nikon photographers you may want to make happy.